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Hypoglycemia Basics by Dr. Berg

August 17, 2019

In this video we’re going to talk about hypoglycemia. What is hypoglycemia? Hypo meaning low, glycemia meaning sugar,
so it’s the situation when you have the sugar in your blood is way too low. That comes from an overreaction of insulin. Insulin is a hormone from the pancreas that
lowers sugar. If the insulin is spiked too much or too fast,
it comes in there and it drops the sugar too low. What causes hypoglycemia is basically concentrated
carbohydrates, which is sugar. We’ll get into that in a bit, but I want to
talk about some of the other basics first, the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Number one, headache. Why? Because the neurons in the brain do run on
sugar. Stomach noise, growling, a lot of … Like,
you could have hunger pains, things like that. Brain dead, don’t take a test when you have
hypoglycemia, very bad idea. Weepiness, that’s emotionally crying, mood
issues, hyper irritability, even psychosis, psychotic behaviors. Craving sweets, anxiety, depression, different
lower mood situations, paranoia, fatigue, fear. How many people have these issues and they
don’t realize that it could come from a low blood sugar situation? The single worst thing you can do when you
have hypoglycemia is consuming sugar. I see people all the time, they have a bag
of candy by their desk, or in their pocket. I’m like, “What are you doing?” “Well, it’s for my low blood sugar,” because
they’re thinking logically, well, if I have low blood sugar I need to raise it because
the sugar will give me energy, but if you do that, you’re just going to continue the
[process 00:01:52] and make it worse. It’s going to spike again, and drop again,
so it might be good for five minutes but then you have the same exact situation. You must never consume concentrated sugar
if you have hypoglycemia, unless it’s a real serious situation when your sugars are so,
so low because you’re a diabetic, and it can come up and down that way, because in diabetes
you can have hyper, which is high sugar and then hypo within several hours. In that situation you might need a temporary
boost of sugar coming up if you didn’t eat in several hours, but in most cases you do
not want to do this because you’re not going to be able to correct it. I want to point out some of the hidden carbohydrates
that people are not aware of. When we say no sugar, we’re also saying no
juice. There is more sugar in juice, especially apple
juice, than there is in soda. I’m not going to talk about the obvious ones
like soda, but fruit. That’s a hidden source of carbohydrates. Grains, breads, pastas, cereal, crackers,
biscuits, waffles, pancakes, those things. Starches, potatoes, french fries, mashed potatoes,
all that are hidden carbohydrates. Even plain yogurt has a significant amount
of sugar in it, and of course wine and other types of alcohol. These are the things that will worsen it. The question is, what do you do to fix hypoglycemia? Number one, there’s a really simple, amazing
herb that you can take, simple being you can just go to the health food store and get it,
it’s called berberine. It’s an ancient Chinese herb that’s been used
about 3,000 B.C., so it’s been around a long, long time, and even in certain studies it
shows that it mimics the effects of metformin, which is something to control the blood sugars. Again, this herb you can get to help with
not just hypoglycemia, but hyperglycemia which is diabetes. By the way, hypoglycemia is a precursor for
diabetes, it comes before it, simply because the person’s eating too much sugar. Nutritional yeast, this is in a lot of different
videos, this will actually lower and help regulate insulin because it has the B vitamins
in it. Put it in some apple sauce or … No, not
apple sauce, put it in maybe some peanut butter or something like that. You can buy it in wafers or tablets as well. High potassium foods. Now, you might say, “Should I start eating
bananas?” Bananas only have 500 milligrams of potassium,
what you really need to do is have the big salads, every single day, seven to ten cups. It’s not hard to do that, I just had a salad
about a half hour ago, and it’s not a big deal. That has a lot of potassium which will help
store sugar longer, and help this situation. Exercise is a valid form of therapy for hypoglycemia
or diabetes because it helps blood sugars, and the most important thing is make sure,
in the morning, you have protein for breakfast. Do not skip that meal, do not have carbohydrates,
because within an hour you’re going to have low blood sugar, so this is the most important
thing. A lot of people have hypoglycemia in the afternoon
or in the evening because their breakfast is too much carbohydrates. In your breakfast, do not consume fruit, bagels,
pancakes, waffles. You want protein. You want eggs, bacon, hormone free, cheese. That would be the best breakfast for hypoglycemia. I know I’m going to create other videos on
this too, but even a hamburger patty without the bun, if you did some of that, or a bison
burger for breakfast. I know it sounds weird, but I’ve done that
many times and you’ll see that your blood sugar issue will just completely go away very
quickly because it’s really a good fuel source to help balance blood sugars. Those are the things you need to do, this
is the basics, so go ahead and start. I’ll see you in the next video. Hey, before you go I have a quick favor. I’m always looking for good ideas for my next
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